Catcalls are a problem because they are a manifestation of rape culture.
They are a manifestation of the idea that women are property
They are to be appraised regardless of their wishes
Their feeling of security is of no concern because it’s more important to display power in front of your buddies than to care for her safety.
It’s triggering to a lot of women, such as myself.
It can lead to violence and stalking.
Women are followed/stalked for blocks with no mercy for not “being polite” and thanking men who catcall.
In some cases women are touched without their consent, their bodily autonomy compromised if they DO say “thank you” like we’re taught to.
It is a small manifestation of a larger problem.
THAT is why it upsets me.
And if that doesn’t upset you, you really ought to re-evaluate your view of the world and check and see if you have any empathy at all.
Okay. I’ll take the bait. Why do you disagree?